Spurs boss wants 11-goal midfielder as final summer signing, but £25m fee an issue

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to make Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum his third and final summer signing, but Newcastle’s £25m valuation could derail a move, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The Lilywhites’ Argentine boss has already addressed two glaring issues in his squad with the additions of a striker and holding midfielder in the shape of Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama, but he is thought to remain keen on a playmaker to bolster his side’s chances in the top four hunt and the Champions League.

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Wijnaldium has emerged as a target over the course of the past week, and reports claim that, although Pochettino is keen, his £25m price-tag is a problem.

The Netherlands international only joined Newcastle last year, but despite netting 11 goals in league action he was unable to help Rafa Benitez’s side avoid relegation.

It’s understood that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has approached the Tynesiders to discuss a deal, but their valuation – which would mean they’d make a £10.5m profit on the player they signed from PSV Eindhoven – has come as a shock.

Everton are also interested in the 25-year-old, who is reportedly desperate to leave the club.

Georginio Wijnaldum